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absinthe

A green aniseed-flavoured liqueur, originally flavoured with wormwood, although this is now banned owing to its toxicity; in the 19th and early 20th centuries drinking absinthe was ...

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The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails

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...and historical research. Absinthe has enjoyed a resurgence in interest and manufacture during the first decades of the twenty-first century. Origins Absinthe takes its name from the Artemisia absinthium plant, a member of the sagebrush genus. Absinthe reached its peak popularity in France, where the name under which absinthe was sold in the 1800s was extrait d’absinthe , “wormwood extract,” alluding to its concentrated strength. It began, however, as a medicinal tonic in late-medieval Europe. It has been claimed that Switzerland is its birthplace;...

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The Diner’s Dictionary (2 ed.)

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...and 1930s, such as the Monkey Gland and the Rattlesnake, were based on absinthe. Nevertheless, such was official concern that in 1915 , following the lead of several other countries including the US (but not Britain), the French government prohibited absinthe. Many countries lifted their ban in the early twenty-first century, and although the ban remains in force in France, the drink can now be sold there provided it is labelled as ‘ boisson spiritueuse aux plantes d’absinthe ’. Absinthe was invented in the eighteenth century by one Dr Ordinaire, a Frenchman...

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The Oxford Companion to Medicine (3 ed.)

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... Absinthe is a strongly alcoholic drink produced by distillation and flavored by wormwood ( Artemisia absinthium ), prolonged addiction to which notoriously resulted in mental and neurological changes. These may have been related to the presence in it of significant amounts of methanol. The recipe was long associated with the name of Pernod, who in 1797 acquired it from a Frenchman living in Switzerland called Dr Ordinaire . After absinthe became illegal in France and Switzerland (and in the USA), the Pernod firm, of Pontarlier, continued to produce...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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... A green aniseed-flavoured liqueur that originally was highly flavoured with wormwood ( Artemisia absinthium ). It appears frequently in accounts of the life of French literary and artistic circles at the end of the 19th century and in the early 20th century, and it was first popularized by being prescribed as a febrifuge to French troops during the Algerian War ( 1830–47 ). L’Absinthe ( 1876 ) is the title by which the painting Au Café by Edgar Degas is better known. Émile Zola vividly described the horrors of absinthe poisoning in L’Assommoir ...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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... ; ✳absinth . The word derives from artemisa absinthium , the botanical name for common wormwood, a bitter herb used in folk medicines and drink flavors. In reference to the herb, ✳absinth was the predominant spelling in the 18th century. In the mid-19th century, a Swiss physician created a green medicinal alcoholic spirit with wormwood, green anise, and sweet fennel; he called it absinthe , and that has been the predominant spelling ever since, for both the herb and the drink. Both spellings occasionally appear in studies of the effects of wormwood...

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A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition (4 ed.)

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... A spirit flavoured with wormwood ( Artemisia absinthium ). Originally imported from Switzerland (where it was a patent medicine) to France in 1797 by Henri Louis Pernod ; sale outlawed in USA in 1912 , and in France and other countries in 1915 , because of the perceived toxicity of α‐thujone. Now available in many countries with an upper limit of 10ppm thujone (USA) or 35ppm...

absinthe fountain

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The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails

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...absinthe fountain is an ornamental iced-water dispenser used to slowly add water to a glass of absinthe. It came into vogue in French cafés in the latter 1800s, as the increasing popularity of absinthe demanded a more efficient means of service. Prior to the arrival of the fountain, absinthe was prepared by pouring iced water from a carafe or pitcher by hand. With the fountain, a server could prepare up to six or eight glasses at a time, or take the fountain to the table, allowing the guests to prepare their absinthes together, without waiting for a...

Absinthe Drip

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The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails

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...Absinthe Drip has been the customary method of preparation since absinthe first came into use as a beverage in the late 1700s. It is made by slowly adding ice-cold water to a portion of absinthe until the desired strength and appearance is achieved. The ratio most commonly used, as suggested by historical absinthe labels, is five parts water to one part absinthe. While this level of dilution may seem unusual, classic-style absinthes—unlike other spirits—are formulated with this level of dilution in mind. See louche . This preparation method makes a...

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The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails

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...or metal bowl with a single small hole in the center to deliver a very thin stream of water slowly into the absinthe below. It is made to sit directly on top of the absinthe glass. See also absinthe and Absinthe Drip . Conrad, Barnaby , III. Absinthe: History in a Bottle . San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1988. Nathan-Maister, David. The Absinthe Encyclopedia . Burgess Hill, UK: Oxygenee Press: 2009. Wormwood Society . http://www.wormwoodsociety.org (accessed January 7, 2021). Gwydion Stone ...

Absinthe Frappé

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The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails

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...Absinthe Frappé is an absinthe-based drink that enjoyed great popularity in the late 1800s and early 1900s and was among the first mixed drinks that featured absinthe as a base rather than as a modifying ingredient. See base and modifier . Following the debut of the Absinthe Cocktail in the 1870s, the Absinthe Frappé developed as a simple variation; an 1895 recipe calls for the drink to be made with 30 ml each of absinthe and water and 2 dashes of anisette, rolled between mixing glasses filled with fine ice and then strained into a serving glass and...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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... noun (also (in sense 2 usually) absinthe ) LME French ( absinthe from Latin absinthium from Greek apsinthion wormwood). 1 LME Wormwood, the plant Artemisia absinthium or its essence; figuratively bitterness, sorrow. 2 M19 A green liqueur made (at least originally) from wine and wormwood. b L19 A green color resembling that of the...

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2005
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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2005
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The Old Absinthe House

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The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails

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...at which visitors were practically obliged to stop in. With its custom-made marble absinthe fountains and its drink specialties, the Absinthe Drip and the Absinthe Frappé, it more than any other bar emphasized the uniqueness of New Orleans’s heavily French-influenced culture. (Some claim Cayetano Ferrer invented the latter drink there in 1872; in any case, the bar’s location was known as “the corner of absinthe and anisette” after the Frappé’s active ingredients.) When absinthe imports were banned in the United States in 1912, the bar allegedly bought and...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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... • amaranth • nth , tenth • eighteenth , fifteenth, fourteenth, nineteenth, seventeenth, sixteenth, thirteenth, umpteenth • plinth , synth • Corinth • labyrinth • jacinth • absinthe • hyacinth • ninth • crème de menthe • month • twelvemonth • billionth , millionth, trillionth, zillionth • eleventh , seventh • thousandth •...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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... a green aniseed-flavoured unsweetened spirit, originally flavoured with wormwood; in the 19th and early 20th centuries drinking absinthe was regarded as a sign of...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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... wormwood XVII; spirit orig. flavoured with this XIX. — F. — L. absinthium — Gr. apsínthion wormwood, of alien...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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